In his words: Ramesh Richard update

Dear praying friends,

We’ve just finished a month of birthdays. Bonnie and I are aging at the same pace…even as you are! We are grateful to exchange weariness, weakness and any worry for His strength as we actively wait for the Lord to lead us into the future.

As you can guess I have been in Isaiah 40:31—the verse picked by India’s national and historic missions agency Friends Missionary Prayer Band to celebrate their 50th anniversary. Over 1,000 Indian missionaries were present, and my preparation on “the loftiest chapter in the Old Testament” refreshed me even as the talk rejuvenated others. “God is God. He is not applying for the job.”

Just before that I had spoken in Thailand to 1,000 leaders, with a large contingent from another strategic nation. Forty hours there and forty hours in India made for demanding travel, but gave me the opportunity to advance Christ’s cause through committed leaders representing two of the world’s largest countries. My sentiment after concluding this heavy and rich time was simply: “No servant of Jesus should be given so much opportunity in the space of one week!” Thank you, Lord Jesus. What an honor!

I also spoke at private evangelistic dinner at the fine Shangri-La Hotel in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Sixty of the 100 attendees were pre-Christian, all of them noted that they wanted to know more, and eight of them responded to the invitation to trust the Lord Jesus as their Heart-God.

The World Evangelical Alliance met in Kona, Hawaii, where I shared some of my leadership learnings with top-tier missions and organizational leaders. Except I had contracted an antibiotic-resistant acute bacterial infection that still lingers, four weeks later. Please pray for me.

We are well into the 2017 Dallas GPA. While we faced major visa problems, God provided more pastors than we planned for! If you wish to serve as a host family for a pastor for the weekend of June 10-11, please let my colleague Mary know at mary@rreach.org.

We’d love for you to be our dinner guest for the graduation on June 24, to rejoice at the fruit of your investments with us. Kindly RSVP here: rreach.org/GPAbanquet.

Thank you for your prayers. I am counting on them.

First day of class

Dallas Global Proclamation Academy 2017: First day of class

Preparing for upcoming speaking engagements; GPA host families needed

Dear praying friends,

Although he has scaled back personal proclamation to work toward the GProCongress, Dr. Richard cannot escape his gifting. Please pray for him as he prepares for the following:

  • Six Media Outreach messages for July – December
  • Teaching a DTS class on Thursday, April 23
  • The message for the 2015 Dallas GPA graduation/banquet, June 27
  • Talks for a Chinese Seminarian Conference

Do continue to lift up:

  • Just-launched GPA Peru with 25 quality young lead pastors, and upcoming GPA Indonesia
  • Dallas GPA candidates and the visa process
  • Finding just the right host families for the GPA pastors

Thank you for praying!

Dr. Richard returns from Asia; GPA Peru and GPA Indonesia coming soon

Dear praying friends,

Greetings in the name of our resurrected Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! We rejoice with you that because He lives, all who trust Him may live. Dr. Richard has just completed a two-week trip to Southeast Asia, where he had several engagements to proclaim that Good News. Some items to remember for prayer as he returns include:

  • Rapid recovery from the stress of travel
  • Clarity regarding the many opportunities that come his way
  • Preparation for upcoming talks, articles and other ministry engagements
  • Continued GProCongress program and partnership development

GPA Peru is scheduled for April 16 – 25 and GPA Indonesia for April 23 – May 2. Please pray for the organizers and those planning to attend, as well as their families and ministries.

Also specifically lift up those preparing for the 2015 Dallas GPA—the RREACH team, the pastors (especially with regard to visas and airfare), the Master Coaches, the host families, and many others who serve in different ways.

GProCommission action—the 2015 Dallas GPA, upcoming national GPAs, and GProCongress mobilization

Dear praying friends,

One week ago today Dr. Richard braved the winter chill of Chicago to speak at Moody Bible Institute. Today he is in sunny Honduras at the International Leaders Forum of the World Evangelical Alliance. In addition to presenting the GProCongress, he will also have the pleasure of attending the installation of his friend Bishop Efraim Tendero as new Secretary General of the WEA. Bishop Ef, as he is fondly known, was head of the Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches and among the first to own the GProCongress vision.

We’d appreciate your prayer as Dr. Richard seeks just the right person to fill a significant role on the Congress team, as well as for overall Congress funding.

Please also continue to lift up:

  • Preparations and those preparing for the 12 national GPAs yet to come, the Lord willing, in 2015 (praise for GPA Cuba, completed in January!)
  • The Dallas GPA – two more pastors have visa appointments next week; sponsors for events and host families will be needed in June
  • Bonnie and the rest of the Richard family